|How did you get started with your music?
Well my dad introduced me to music when I was three years old by teaching me how to play the guitar. I stuck with it until I turned 8 and in grade school I learned how to play the recorder. In High School I switched to the concert flute and Iâ€™ve been playing it since.
Were you the only child playing an instrument?
No I was not the only child. When my brothers came into the picture we became a big musical family under the guidance of our father who played the bass. My younger brother Ricâ€™key played the piano. He is now the Musical Director/Keyboardist for Le Cirque du Soleil (Delirium Show) and Tony, the youngest, is a drummer and he will be attending Vanier College this August to pursue his music career.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Celine Dionâ€™s new project. I recently signed a Ringtone deal. I also produced the song â€œCALL MEâ€ on Bone Thugs N Harmonyâ€™s new album â€œTHUG STORIESâ€. Iâ€™m featured playing the flute on Talib Kweliâ€™s new single â€œLISTENâ€. I produced and recorded two songs with new R&B artist Aja (DEF JAM/RUFF RYDERS). My tracks are playing on MTV and VH1. I got Nessâ€™ 1st single (BAD BOY). I just partnered with Anheuser-Busch Inc., the parent company of Budweiser, to produce tracks for â€œTruly Famousâ€ and â€œWhat Girls Wantâ€ found on BUDTV.COM.
What kind of music do you listen to and how does it influence your music?
I listen to all types of music whether Classical, Jazz or Latin, it allows me to analyze and to incorporate certain elements into the music that I compose.
What’s your opinion on mainstream music today? What do you like or not like?
The mainstream music is lacking substance and the people who are in a position to make things happen donâ€™t know anything about it therefore theyâ€™ll put out garbage music for us to listen and thatâ€™s my biggest problem.
Who do you admire?
I really love the work that Quincy Jones has done through out his career. Him and I are from two different generations, yet we have a lot in common. He studied composition and classical music, and so did I. He plays Trumpet and I play the Flute. He does music for Film and Television and I have been doing the same for the last 7 years and to top it all off, in 1960 he won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance for Aretha Franklin and I won mine in 2003, same category, with Aretha Franklin.
How does it feel winning a Grammy?
It makes me official and it shows that the work that I put in was not a waist of time. Now that I have reached a level of success that most people can only dream of, I donâ€™t have to second-guess myself.
Why would people want to listen to your music over someone else’s?
I play music from the heart and when I compose a track you can feel my vibe through it because I am a very passionate person. This is why you would listen to my music over someone elseâ€™s.
Who have you worked with and how have they affected your work?
I have worked with Aretha Franklin, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, New Edition, 8 Ball and MJG just to name a few. But the artist that had an impact on me was Krayzie Bone. Watching him singing the harmonies and making his own delay effects with his voice was incredible. He understands the formula that is needed to make timeless music.
What is your local music scene like?
The scene in New York is tough; you have to be up to par to get put on. Every one is trying to hold a position out here and only a hand full will succeed.
What suggestions do you have for other artists in the music industry?
My suggestions for other artists are if you want to be respected learn your craft inside out, be the best at it and donâ€™t worry about the next person. Go to a music school, learn your music theory, learn how to read music notes and get some ear training classes. A solid music background will definitely further your career.
Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
I see myself pushing the envelope, bringing the fundamentals back. Once you hear my music or hear me on the flute you will know that you must come correct if you want to work with me.
Any additional information you would like us to know?
I got my New York State Teacherâ€™s license and Iâ€™ve been doing Clinics and Production Workshops at S.A.E. in NYC since 2005.
I am endorsed by prestigious companies such as Yamaha, Event Electronics, Neumann, Universal Audio and Spectrasonics.
I can be reached at http://myspace.com/stevepageot